The Post-Menopausal Health Panels

Literally, menopause means the cessation of the monthly menstrual cycle and signals the end of a woman's natural childbearing years. Menopause is neither a disease nor an illness; it is a natural and usually gradual change in glandular function. It has its origins in the beginning of menses and culminates in a series of hormonal changes that result in the cessation of menstrual flow. This transition produces a variety of bodily manifestations and symptoms, and is due to changes in production of hormones and the timing of their release.

Various body parts undergo change and can produce one or more of the following symptoms:

    Endocrine
  • Bleeding irregularities
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes/sweats
  • Changes in sex drive
    Nervous system
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness, irritability
  • Headache
  • Mood Changes
  • Depression
    Metabolic changes
  • Skin aging/cosmetic changes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Altered fat and carbohydrate metabolism
  • Atherosclerosis

What can you do about it?

There are several therapeutic options which may minimize or even eliminate many of the symptoms:

  1. Treat symptoms using synthetic hormones without hormone level testing.
  2. Treat symptoms using natural hormones without any testing.
  3. Treat and correct symptoms using natural hormones with testing for hormone levels before and after treatment.

Why should you test?

Hormones are powerful substances that control multiple functions throughout the body. Hormone levels should be sufficient and balanced. Too much or too little of them is not conducive to long-term emotional, mental and bodily health.

By not measuring the hormones before and after treatment your hormone picture is, at best, an educated guess, since hormone levels from woman to woman can vary 200 - 1,500%. In fact many women need only one hormone, while others require 3 or 4 different kinds.

Just as you cannot balance your bank account without numbers on your bank statements, hormone testing provides both a basis for treatment and proximity to your goal.

One can then:

  • Customize natural hormone dosing to meet individual needs.
  • Optimize hormone levels for minimum dose to relieve symptoms. Avoid overdosing.
  • Achieve appropriate and compatible physiologic levels of several hormones.
  • Increase sense of "well-being" by removing underlying hormone deficit and imbalances.

What do we test for and what does it tell you?

We utilize your saliva as a sample for measuring hormones, such as Testosterone, DHEA, Progesterone, Estriol, Estrone and Estradiol in the PHP test kit.

The brain derived regulating hormones, FSH and LH, are also measured to help assess efficacy of control and feedback between the brain and ovaries in the PHP Expanded test kit.

Saliva hormone values reflect the tissue concentration of your hormones. Blood and serum contains the total hormone, but your tissues are only bathed with the active or effective fraction as found in saliva. Active fraction measurements are superior to blood and urine measurements both in diagnosis and treatment.

How do you benefit?

There are five distinct areas that you will benefit from using the saliva tests.

  1. They are affordable and less expensive than blood or urine tests. Blood testing for 6 hormones costs $250-$300 more than saliva testing.
  2. Collection procedure spares you the pain of venipunctures with a needle.
  3. Results are more clinically reflective of your hormone status and needs.
  4. Results can lead to an individualized and customized treatment plan using natural hormones.
  5. You will minimize overdosing and under-dosing. This will insure that you use only the proper hormones in the appropriate amounts.

Call today to find out about testing for you and your family.

 
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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